Annapolis Shooter Used Legally Purchased Shotgun

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

Law enforcement sources indicate Capital Gazette shooting suspect Jarrod Ramos used a pump shotgun that was legally purchased.

Breitbart News reported that Ramos allegedly opened fire on Capital Gazette employees around 3 p.m. Thursday, killing 5. He was apprehended by police without incident, but refused to corporate once in their custody.

A shotgun was recovered at the scene.

ABC7 reports that Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare said Ramos purchased the shotgun “about a year ago.”

This means Ramos is but the latest in a long list of public attackers to acquire his firearm via a background check. In fact, it is harder to name a mass attacker who did not acquire guns via a background check than to name one who did.

Here is a list of recent attackers who acquired their guns via a background check:

  • Parkland school attacker (February 14, 2018)
  • Texas church attacker (November 5, 2017)
  • Las Vegas attacker (October 1, 2017)
  • the Alexandria attacker (June 14, 2017))
  • Orlando attacker (June 12, 2016)
  • the UCLA gunman (June 1, 2016))
  • the San Bernardino attackers (December 2, 2015)
  • the Colorado Springs attacker (October 31, 2015)
  • the Umpqua Community College attacker (October 1, 2015)
  • Alison Parker’s attacker (August 26, 2015)
  • the Lafayette movie theater attacker (July 23, 2015)
  • the Chattanooga attacker (July 16, 2015)
  • the alleged Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal attacker (Jun 17, 2015)
  • the Muhammad Carton Contest attackers (May 3, 2014)
  • the Las Vegas cop killers (June 9, 2015)
  • the Santa Barbara attacker (May 23, 2014)
  • the Fort Hood attacker (April 2, 2014)
  • the Arapahoe High School attacker (December 13, 2013)
  • the D.C. Navy Yard attacker (September 16, 2013)
  • the Aurora movie theater attacker (July 20, 2012)
  • Gabby Giffords’ attacker (January 8, 2011)
  • the Fort Hood attacker (November 5, 2009)
  • the Virginia Tech attacker (April 16, 2007), and many others.

Yet Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) claims background checks are the “north star” in the Democrats’ pursuit of gun control.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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